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Bacolod City, PhilippinesTuesday, October 1, 2013

L’Fisher turns 23


The 23rd anniversary of L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City was marked with a fun run, 4 a.m. Sunday, joined by more than a thousand employees and friends of the hotel management, from Bacolod to Silay and vice versa.

A thanksgiving mass followed officiated by Fr. Emil Ascaño, parish priest of the Our Lady of Peace. Since it was also the birthday of eldest daughter Marides Ciocon Mapa, everybody sang “Happy Birthday!” after the mass, before proceeding to the Ripples for a hearty breakfast.

Thank God the weather cooperated. The Checkmates band entertained the guests. I joined the table of the de Leon family. Ripples and Don Ricardo were brimming with lovely and handsome Bacoleños, Negrenses and other visitors, and at the La Proa Ballroom, the grand birthday celebration of Lorets Lopez was held.

Many balikbayans were enjoying the good food and lovely music. Tony Boy Corral and his balikbayan friends, the Pabicon sisters, said they had a good time. We look forward to the next year bonggacious celebration.*

Remember: We honor God’s name when we call him our Father and live like His son. Our salvation is secure because God does the holding.

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Silay wins tourism awards

Silay City won as Best Tourism-Oriented Local Government Unit of Negros Occidental at the Provincial Tourism Excellence Awards held at The District Ayala North Point in Talisay City Sunday, during the Provincial Tourism Week celebration, a press release from the city said.

The award is conferred on an LGU that shows a sustainable tourism development program under the Tourism Act of 2009, like the management of resources that meet the needs of tourists and host regions while protecting the opportunities for the future, the press release also said.

Silay won as the Best Tourism Oriented LGU in the Philippines in 2012.

Councilor Neil Solomon Locsin, chair of the Silay Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Tourism, received the provincial award.

Silay also won second place in the Best Tourism Month Celebration and the Best Tourism Event-Cultural Category for the Hugyaw Kansilay Festival and Christmas Village Celebration, the press release said.

Meanwhile, John Mark Arado and Nikki Jamelle Hojilla, both of the Don Eustaquio Hofilena Memorial Elementary School won second and third place, respectively, in the Provincial Tourism Quiz competition.

Joseph Aaron Celestial was the champion in the tour guiding competition high school category, and Police Officer 3 Joemarie Lachica of the Silay PNP, champion, tourism police tour guiding competition, the press release also said.

The celebrations of the World Tourism Day and Provincial Tourism Week centered on the theme, “Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future”, the press release added.*

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Lions outreach
held at Bredco port

An outreach mission was held by the Bacolod City Sampaguita Lions Club at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation port for the Maritime Week celebration recently, a press release from the club said.

Around 300 stevedores and porters benefited from the mission that was led by Sampaguita Lions Club president Charie Ginete-Ilon, community services chair Cecilia Sayson, activity program head and treasurer Gefel Joy Santillan, and secretary Michelle Gasataya, and joined by club officers and members Tess Gensoli, Vilma Laurente, Mitzi Mijares, Jo Hilado, Lourdes “Baby” Luzuriaga, Sharon Jornadal and Myrna Servando, the press release said.

The medical mission was in partnership with the Bacolod Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital, headed by Dr. Jeremias Moscardon, with doctors Marie Grace Escaniel, Ragelie Jimena–Moderes, Edgardo Apuhin Jr., Juphrem Hechanova and Julius de la Cruz. The stevedores availed of the free general consultation, with the checking of vital signs and laboratory tests conducted by the USLS College of Nursing, headed by dean Jocelyn Cadena.

After the distribution of medicines from Cathay Drug and Apo Cement, headed by John Ronie Papellero and Jack Santillan, the beneficiaries were treated to a snack of arroz caldo, courtesy of FGY Foundation, joined the games and received prizes and freebies, and grocery bags containing rice, noodles and canned goods from the club, the press release also said.

The event, that was attended by Philippine Ports Authority manager Enrique Fuentebaja, was part of the humanitarian and community outreach program of the club.

The Lions Clubs International, meanwhile, will hold its induction on October 20 at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City, the press release added.*

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Cayabyab to conduct
song writing workshop

A free songwriting workshop seminar will be held by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and the Philpop MusicFest Foundation at the University of Saint La Salle Auditorium, 9 a.m. to noon today, a press release from City Hall said.

“We bring to you good news and Original Filipino Music,” Cayabyab said as he explained the vision of Philpop to create original songs and to express themselves through music. The workshop aims is to give the right tools to young people and encourage them to write songs about life in their community, the press release also said.

Cayabyab said that he and other composers go around the country and inspire the youth to express themselves through music. Workshop audiences are usually high school students and OPM aficionados.

Cayabyab said he regarded Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella as a long time musical friend, and it only took one invite from the mayor for them to be here. Their friendship, Puentevella said, spans some 30 years and he spoke highly of Philpop, the press release said.

Philpop is more than just a singing competition and a talent show; it is a venue to raise the level in music making, said Puentevella, who was a judge in one of the songwriting competitions this year. He said Cayabyab is the spirit behind Philippine music, and hopes that the workshop will resurrect the passion of Ilonggos for original compositions, the press release said.

Cayabyab suggested to Puentevella to start an Ilonggo music fest, like the once popular “Sugarlandia Music Festival”, and the mayor said he will work on the Bacolod Music Festival after the MassKara Festival, the press release added.*

Silay wins tourism awards
Lions outreach held at Bredco port
Cayabyab to conduct songwriting workshop
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